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Re: “Back Yard Rambles

My resident tourist picks (north county):

Lake Sonoma - THE mountain bike spot, also great for hiking, fishing, etc.

Taste of Alexander Valley - because one can never have enough sliders while tasting

Cloverdale Friday Night Live - The best, high quality, free outdoor summer concerts in SoCo this year will be in Cloverdale, marks my words.

Diavola (Geyserville), 101 thai way (cloverdale)

Healdsburg Saturday Farmers market

Alive and Healing: best Tempeh in the county

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Posted by David Garland on 04/16/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Back Yard Rambles

Plan your Ramble with 1st Friday Art Walk Guerneville, CA in Mind! Where River Rd meets Scenic Hwy 116, 3-8 every 1st Friday year-round! Art-Music-Food-Wine! Galleries , Open Studios, Merchants & Street Buskers too...

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Posted by Otto Walker Willis on 04/16/2014 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Homeless Front

This is a very moving and informative story. I don't know how any military person returning home after serving on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan COULD NOT have PTSD. The terror of both what they did (in the name of our country) and what they experienced over there would really mess up anyone. Then, coming home to an entirely different reality with their recent military training and experiences and trying to fit into their old lives and relationships is a further corkscrew.

IMHO, the problem is at the front end and that's really where the focus should be.
Defending our country on our soil is one thing, engaging in an optional war is really unfair to those who we ask to serve as our surrogates. Those who believe in starting such a war should be the only ones who should serve in it. I understand that all those who serve do so in a volunteer capacity...we don't have a draft. However, some of them see no other option in their lives and others naively believe that the benefit they receive (in experience, money, education, personal growth and responsibility) will outweigh the horrific blowback of the experience. Though not all service people serving in war end up with such debilitating PTSD that it's nearly impossible for them to function normally in our society, I have a hard time believing that most of them don't have varying degrees of PTSD.

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Posted by lneedle 2 on 04/09/2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Spring Lit

wonderful!

Posted by Mary Allison Tierney on 04/02/2014 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Spring Lit

Beautiful and brave piece by Teri. I love that writing about Jeffrey keeps his memory alive.

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Posted by Sue LeBreton on 04/02/2014 at 7:38 AM

Re: “I Hate Me

If you are interested in all this, try Hannah Smith (digital self harm).
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Schoolgirl-Hannah-Smith-bullied-trolls-coroner/story-20621403-detail/story.html
You mentioned tumblr as a source of support. Dangerous, if you are loved for self-harm.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/14/tallulah-wilson-inquest-teenager-hit-train-diary
And of course, the odd Megan Meier story.
You mentioned Jessi Slaughter - forced off the Internet for her own sanity, now transgender.
If you are going to mention Jessi Slaughter, then you have to mention Aurora Eller. Then maybe Giovanna Plowman. Samantha Marie? There is something VERY odd about young females online.

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Posted by Philip Rose on 03/31/2014 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

I read your posts, and half yawl's a bunch of terds. A bunch a cry babies and victims. If you work your ass off, you can make it anywhere.

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Posted by Austa Lavista on 03/19/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

And for you scrubs who left and think you can just Waltz back, hell nah! Unless you left for the Military, then we'll take you back. But other then that, you aren't wanted here neither.

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Posted by Austa Lavista on 03/19/2014 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

As a life long Petaluman of 46 years, the only thing I have to say to all of you is please stay away. I'm not saying go F yourself, just go away to somewhere else and live happy lives and leave our fair city completely out of your plans. Damn vallejeoites, rohnert parkites, and marinites have been trying to make this nice old farm town into their chitholes. We don't want your low income housing, or your f'n mc mansions, we just want out victorians and nice new moderate homes and good working people, and you guys can keep whatever you got going on.

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Posted by Austa Lavista on 03/19/2014 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

"Poor" folks being pushed out by the money form the East Bay & SF?

Keep in mind, these new transplants are being priced out of the East Bay & SF because they are "poor" in those cities and can't keep up with increasing prices.

So a "poor" San Franciscan becomes a "wealthy" Petaluman, while the "poor" Petaluman moves away and becomes a "wealthy" resident somewhere else thus pushing the "poor" resident of somewhere else out.

It's an endless cycle.

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Posted by sunnyday on 03/18/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

Petaluma has its own suburbs: everything east of the freeway. And yes, the West Side (ie, Petaluma) has been (not "is being") settled by "creative professionals" since the mid-90s that are self-employed entrepreneurs who had been priced out of the Bay Area. This is good for Petaluma and Sonoma County - homogenous suburban sprawl is not.

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Posted by Not ready for primetime on 03/14/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

Ssssh!

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Posted by unohoo on 03/14/2014 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

Petaluma is only just becoming a suburb. Petaluma had suburbs, now a bunch of people are moving from the big city looking at what has always been an awesome little town and see it as simply a suburb of their big city (like the guy who wrote this article).

And seriously, not gentrifying? As people flee the high prices of SF and Marin, they drive up rents here. Petalumans are moving to Santa Rosa because they are being priced out. In the three years ive been in my current place the duplexes on my street have gone from $1100 and $1200 a month to $1400 and $1450. I rented a 2 bedroom victorian in "the letter street neighborhood" for $1350 7 years ago. Now you are looking at $1800-$2000 for the same. Money from Marin and SF has been buying up real estate for profit. Petaluma Hotel, where all the poor people lived, has been gentrified. What I hear from the people I know...? Many think they will be having to move on. I mean seriously with all these new people, and the slow construction of new homes (population isn't exactly exploding), can this guy really believe that the poorer folks aren't being pushed out? I came to a sweet affordable town a decade ago, hoping someday to be able to buy a sweet home and live my life here, now what I see is gentrification and strip malls popping up everywhere. And as a single parent, I have watched my dream of being able to afford my own home here fly out the window.

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Posted by Sarah on 03/14/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

@TC is threatened by the plurality of people coming to their white-ass neighborhoods who have diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Also, like some of these people are just coming home anyway. You saying that someone can't come home to raise their kids where they themselves grew up? Creep.

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Posted by LG on 03/13/2014 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

This article was geared toward people with money like our friend from Sausalito, who cant afford to live in Marin or SF. The target audience is people with money. "Come to Petaluma, you can buy our houses!" Sounds more Capitalist than its liberal fish wrap!

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Posted by TC on 03/13/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

@ PT..."Places change over time"...true, but HOW do they change? Gentrification. Be it socially or economically. I agree that comparing SF to Cowtown707 is not fair. Its like comparing your apples to a produce farmers market. You can keep your low wage job and barely make it lifestyle to live in a place like this. Are you on government assistance? Like sooooo many other Americans.....and Illegals too.
The article sucks. Wagons: North. So keep the propaganda and brochure to why its so great that people from the Bay Area are moving to Petaluma.

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Posted by TC on 03/13/2014 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

@CT: Can people who work at Target afford to buy a house most places in California? I wish they could, but the answer is no. So that is not really a fair question, especially considering that if you tried to rent a closet in the city on a retail wage you wouldn't be able to. As someone who has successfully rented in Petaluma for more than 5 years on a low salary, it is definitely possible (and in a great neighborhood). You can't compare SF and Pet real estate apples to apples because they are dramatically different places. But if you compare square footage-wise, Petaluma is less per square foot aside from ethereal questions of aesthetics and quality of life. The bus question is also not fair either, as no one is claiming that Petaluma is on par with the services of a major city with more than 10 times the population. As for businesses, Camelbak, Traditional Medicinals tea, multiple tech companies such as MarketLive and Cyan, Biosearch, Athleta and many more have chosen to be in Petaluma. Some of those companies began here and chose to stay, some moved from other places. And you know what? Places change over time. The North Bay is an expensive place that is less expensive than the other expensive places in the Bay Area. So what?

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Posted by PT on 03/13/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Petaluma or Bust

Propaganda! Petaluma pretends to be part of Marin County already. Home sales for 1.5 in SF cannot be compared to the barns being sold for 500K (as you put it, 1/3 the cost) in Petaluma. So, do you think the people working at the new Target store (BTW, their prices are more expensive than the RP/SR stores!) can afford these houses? Absolutely not. Your focus point is a Therapist from Sausalito-Marin County??? How is the public transportation system in Petaluma? Any buses across town every 20 mins? Or does the community only cater to people with cars and suvs? What companies have moved there that are not part the monoculture strip malls and restaurant chains? Exactly. People with money cannot afford to live in the Bay Area. SO they are migrating to the north bay. Where they can price out those who have been here all this time? Might want to reconsider that "G" word qualification!

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Posted by CT on 03/12/2014 at 12:21 PM

Re: “The Squeamish Parent's Guide to Teen Sex

Hi im 15 years old and live in Santa Rosa, I was looking up cool sex tips to help me when I need to pleasure that certain someone with my sexual orgin, but what I have to say, and I know this sounds weird, but I've taken a strange sexual addiction to my dog, Carla. I was just looking at her one day and, exuse me but, I got extremely " horny" and put peanut butter on my sexual orgin and let her lick at it. I've grown very attached to her and really want to take it a step father with real sexual intercourse. Is what I'm doing wrong? I'm so confused, it's just I try to stop but when I do I get really strange all most as if it's a drug to me. Please reply in some way, thanks.

Posted by Sean Thomas on 03/01/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Cheese Please Me

Hungry already!

Posted by Shana Ray on 02/20/2014 at 12:29 PM

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